Eyes on the Street: CDOT Adds Curb to Prevent Sidewalk Driving

New curb at BP gas station to help prevent driving on the sidewalk
The new curb separates the sidewalk and driving area. It’s a good sign that it’s already been scuffed by a car tire.

Back in April we showed that people were driving, parking, and blocking the sidewalk next to the BP gas station on the newly redesigned Congress Parkway streetscape. After publishing, we found out that the post had drawn the attention of Chicago Department of Transportation staff.

CDOT took quick action last summer to help dissuade future incursions into pedestrian space by adding a curb between the gas station property and sidewalk. Now the design is telling people where driving space ends, and where walking space begins.

New lights on Congress Parkway
This wasn’t the only instance of people driving and parking on the sidewalk.
  • NotAnotherNaysayer

    Thanks, CDOT (and Streetsblog for the update)! This is a welcome improvement.

  • Adam Herstein

    Complaining on the internet actually accomplished something in real life? :-)

  • A very simple and low-cost solution that will make a real difference in keeping sidewalks for pedestrians. Placement of these curbs should be required at all gas stations in the central business area.


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